Today, Bristol Palin took time out of her busy parenting life, a life she and her parents, Sarah and Todd Palin, chose for her – when they decided that it would be best for Bristol’s son, Tripp, to have ONLY one primary parent. It is well known that Bristol and her parents are keeping Levi’s involvement in Tripp’s life to an absolute minimum.
That is a fascinating stand for Bristol, considering that she came out criticizing President Obama saying that he should be a better role model to his daughters regarding supporting two-parent households – as long as those household consists of one man and one woman.
Bristol wrote in a Facebook post that fathers should shape their kids’ views, not the other way around, but as you will read below, Bristol is fighting tooth and nail to keep Levi out of their son’s life – except for the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 noon and 6:00 PM on Wednesday. Considering Tripp’s child support was set at $72k per year, one would think that would “buy” Levi a little more visitation than that. By the wording, it appears that he cannot take Tripp anywhere – the court documents say that he may visit Tripp and not the other way around. I think Levi and Tripp might enjoy a trip to McDonald’s where he can play in the play area instead of having to deal with Sarah “and I can see Russia from my house” Palin. Sarah Palin did not exactly say that but what she said was close enough.
Sarah Palin’s lawyer fought hard to have Bristol and Levi’s child custody hearing sealed or at best to have them represented by pseudonyms to protect the identity of the parents and the child but the judge did not go along with those motions.
President Obama, in taking his stand in support of same sex marriages, said that his daughters have friends who have same sex parents – but Bristol was quick to say, “While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.”
I am unsure what Bristol really meant here. Was she saying that kids from conventional two-parent households where there is one male parent and one female parent should not be allowed to associate with kids from households where the two parents are of the same sex? I surely hope not!
Fathers & Families, a Massachusetts advocacy organization, believes that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston should share custody of their son.
Fathers & Families’ Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, a Harvard-trained public health specialist, explains:
“Research shows that father involvement is critical for children. Many teen/young fathers like Levi Johnston are pushed aside after the relationship with their children’s mothers ends. We often hear phrases like ‘deadbeat dad’ and ‘abandonment,” yet young dads are often kept out of their children’s lives by intransigent mothers and a family law system which is often indifferent to their bonds with their children.
Back in the spring of last year, Bristol Palin and the Palin family told reporters that they were going to respect Levi’s important role in Tripp’s life, and we publicly commended them for it. It is unfortunate that the Palins have now reversed themselves.
In my experience as a physician, I’ve seen countless young fathers who are conscientious and devoted to their children. I’ve also seen many children who utterly adore their young fathers. Tripp needs Levi as an important and equal parent in his life – anything less is harmful to both the child and his father.”
It is my personal opinion that Bristol read from a highly scripted response written by one of her mother’s writers. Bristol has a limited vocabulary and the above quote is well beyond her speaking and written ability. The quote about Obama, attributed to Bristol, is well beyond the written word or the spoken word of Sarah Palin, her mother.
It is also my opinion that Sarah Palin used her daughter Bristol, today, as a surrogate to attack Barrack Obama.